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In This Issue:

·        Vlamis Test Drives Easier to Use

·        Vlamis Presenting and Hosting Reception at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

·        Vlamis Now Offering Oracle R Enterprise Training

·        OBIEE SampleApp v406 Now Available

·        Vlamis Book Data Visualization for Oracle BI 11g

·        KCOUG Meeting August 26

·        BIWA Summit 2015

Vlamis Test Drives Easier to Use three of Vlamis's Oracle test drives have migrated to the new AWS Orbitera platform. It's now easier to register and start up our three test drives: Oracle Big Data, Oracle Advanced Analytics and OBIEE 11g. The OBIEE 11g Test Drive incorporates the newest version of SampleApp (see article below). With this new interface, you only need to register once for all of our test drives. As a reminder, all of our test drives run using Oracle software, giving the user a hands-on experience, whether through pre-written exercises or open exploration. We encourage you to register for a test drive and try it out; you'll have your own private virtual machine with Oracle's latest software at your disposal - no downloading of software required. There is a lot there, so you'll want to devote somewhere between 30 minutes and 3 hours to the test drive. We even have videos to watch that detail the process while you wait for your own private virtual machine to start up. You connect to your VM via a browser (BI), Windows Remote Desktop (OAA) or VNC (Big Data).

Vlamis Presenting and Hosting Reception at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

We are honored to have been selected to present Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence 11g at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 being held September 28-October 2, 2014. We've heard that we will be presenting sometime on Sunday, but do not have a specific time yet. will also be hosting a reception on Tuesday, September 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We'll nosh on lamb sliders, hand-made buffalo mozzarella, and whatever else chef Fendert cooks up while enjoying a craft brew. This has become THE place to gather to discuss the analytical options to the Oracle database, the future direction of BI, and other related topics. Come visit with us, Oracle product managers, customers, and other like-minded thought leaders. We'd love for you to join us! Let us know if you are going to be at OpenWorld in any case. Email to RSVP and to receive an invitation.

Vlamis Now Offering Oracle R Enterprise Training

As part of our training curriculum, we have added a two-day class on Oracle R Enterprise. Class details are on our website. As is true with all of our training classes, they are available for delivery in either a private or a public setting.The ORE class offering joins our Oracle BI, Oracle Data Mining, and Oracle OLAP offerings. Contact us for more information and updated scheduling options.

OBIEE SampleApp v406 Now Available

The newest version of SampleApp, v406, has been released. SampleApp v406's upgrades include new SampleApp content, a new version of MapViewer, the MVDemo Samples App, BI Applications 11g, a standalone EPM Suite, and Oracle Database 12c with pluggable database installed. See the SampleApp web page for more information, including a link to the Oracle BI Tech Demos YouTube Channel. As noted above, our OBIEE test drive incorporates SampleApp v406, so if you simply want to try out the new SampleApp, sign up for a Test Drive to try it out without having to download the full SampleApp VM. We also use SampeApp heavily for many of our presentations and for developing the content for our book on Data Visualization for Oracle BI 11g.

Vlamis Book Data Visualization for Oracle BI 11g and Tim Vlamis are almost finished writing their Oracle Press book on Data Visualization for Oracle BI 11g. We expect the book to be available around the end of 2014. This book will feature chapters on tables, graphs, maps, BI Publisher, mobile, advanced visualizations, and several other topics. Some of the content will be featured in Dan and Tim's talk at Oracle OpenWorld. Look for more information or preorder a copy from Amazon.

KCOUG Meeting August 26

Attention all you Kansas City readers! Join fellow Oracle users from around the Kansas City area at the Kansas City Oracle User Group on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Burns and McDonnell. This meeting will be held in a round table format and will cover a variety of topics, including a session led by Dan Vlamis on Oracle BI. Look for more details in our blog or the KCOUG website. Ready to attend? Register for the meeting on the KCOUG website.

BIWA Summit 2015

Save the date for BIWA Summit 2015, being held January 27 - 29, 2015, at The Oracle HQ Conference Center, in Redwood City, CA. Abstract submissions are also now open for the conference. Chaired by Dan this year, BIWA Summit is the leading Oracle Special Interest Group (SIG) for Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and Analytics professionals. Registration will be opening soon; be sure to register before the Early Bird registration deadline.